Leeds will be in the Premier League next season, Mikel Arteta

03 Jan 2020 08:44 pm, by YorkshireSquare


New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had a successful, if relatively trophy free playing career with spells at Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Rangers, Everton and Arsenal under his belt. Picking up a Scottish Premier League title and two FA Cup winners medals in the process. He is still relatively early in his coaching career having joined Pep Guardiola at Manchester City back in 2016 but working under one of the great coaches of modern football is a great foundation as he now moves to take on the reigns at his old club Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola of course famously looks up to another of the great coaches in modern football, Marcelo Bielsa. Arteta himself seems to have an affection for Bielsa but with him learning his trade under Guardiola you can’t help but think some of the Manchester City managers affection for ‘El Loco’ has rubbed off on his young protégé. During Arsenals Pre Match Press Conference, manager Mikel Arteta was asked to comment on Mondays opponents and here is what he had to say about Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa...


On what is different about Marcelo Bielsa…

Just what he gets out of his team, how he makes them fight and challenge and run and compete, and never give up in any game or any circumstances. He generates that belief in the players, those demands and that is why, in my opinion, he is one of the most successful managers.


On every manager wanting to do that…

Yes, but to do that consistently every three days, at that level, is very different. And for me the best thing is that when you talk to players that had him as a coach, the words that they have for him are always positive. They were better players after [playing for him], better people, they understood the profession better.


On whether he expects Leeds to be in the Premier League next season…

I do, yes. The way they play, the manner they behave, I follow their coach for a long time and I know how tough it will be to play against them.


Praise indeed, but Monday will be an interesting test for Bielsa. The first time his Leeds United side have come up against Premier League opposition. Arsenal may be struggling currently but they have a history of being regarded as being one of the better footballing sides in the league and with a student of Pep Guardiola at the helm they will look to return to those ways. Although Arsenal sit tenth in the table Arteta will want to put in a strong performance to built on the momentum started with Wednesdays victory over Manchester United but a Marcelo Bielsa coached Leeds United side will be no walkovers.